Posted in dance | music | pictures | tour dates on June 22, 2010

words by Andrew Frisicano

Big Freedia & friends @ Wrongbar in Toronto for NXNE - June 18, 2010
Big Freedia

"So what the hell is Sissy Bounce? Sort of depends who you ask. Katey Red, arguably the creator of the genre, suggests it doesn't even exist and instead insists it's just sissies producing Bounce. Other artists such as Big Freedia fully embrace the term. Take some of the most hypersexual, bump and grind you can imagine, remove everything but the sexed up chorus, speed it up, and then remove the sexual identity of the artist performing it. What, what? That's right. Sissy Bounce artists are purposely androgynous, sometimes referred to as queer, sometimes transgendered, a very direct intent is to fuck with people's heads about sexuality. It's easy to relate, or be offended when you see one sex singing about the other. But with Sissy Bounce you have no idea. This makes the performances just as important as the music itself, which is perhaps why it's stayed locked down for so long." [Sean Bonner]
From the pictures above and below, maybe you can tell that Big Freedia's Friday night set at Toronto's Wrongbar (as part of NXNE) was a crowd pleaser. Big Freedia, DJ Rusty Lazer and a pair of dancers held a master class on ass-shaking dance moves and a good portion of the crowd was happy to oblige, especially for the infectious bounce of songs like "Azz Everywhere" and "Rock Around the Clock." Freedia went from a tender acapella verse about settling down to a song with the hook "I got that gin in my system, somebody's gonna be my victim." The spectacle was one thing, but it was ultimately the songs, rumbling party mantras, that made it a great set.

The next night Big Freedia brought her act to the city's Yonge-Dundas Square (a free, very public stage surrounded by stores and restaurants )- it looks like they played there with considerably more clothes on. Still, Damian Abraham tweeted: "Big Freedia's performance in Dundas Square today made the Stooges show (which was amazing) look like a Peter, Paul and Mary Concert." (btw, our pics from the Stooges show he's referring to are coming soon).

Big Freedia and crew (that includes Freedia's DJ Rusty Lazer) will be back in Brooklyn for a Thursday night set at CrushFest at Public Assembly. The lineup for the June 24th show, which is part of Northside, also includes Yes Giantess, Fang Island, Iran, MillionYoung, Dinosaur Feathers, Anton Glamb, LE1F, Jason Pants & Chaz Requina (Palms Out Sounds), Denny Le Nimh and No Surrender. Tickets are only $5.00 until 3pm today (6/22) - then the price goes back up to $15. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.

More pictures from Toronto, a flyer for the Public Assembly show and a video from a Big Freedia show at Glasslands are all below...

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Big Freedia @ Glasslands in NYC

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Comments (20)

wat

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 1:47 PM

gross

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 1:48 PM

Hugest collection of fugly ever

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 1:56 PM

Yes, Pink Eye fatty, please try to connect and compare a bunch of no talent fat queer whatever people rolling around the stage to a legend like Iggy. A guy with more talent, energy, moves then you and the rest of these fools will ever have.

Clearly the end is near for all of us.

Pray.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:06 PM

2:06pm has a small brain

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:09 PM

2 Live Crew+American Apparel zombies+Tramp Stamps+Daddy Issues=Bounce

Posted by Brian Farrelly | June 22, 2010 2:10 PM

The end is not near, 2:06. I'm sure, like me, that you never heard of this crap before reading this post and most likely will never hear of it again.

On a positive note, at least they are embracing their fugliness. More power to them, I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:12 PM

"compare a bunch of no talent fat queer whatever people rolling around the stage to a legend like Iggy"

I didn't know the religious right were fans of Iggy

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:13 PM

wow, listen to all the close-minded, judgmental people commenting

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:14 PM

i can see her birth canal

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:18 PM

i am so confused

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:18 PM

the towels fo wipin"

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:28 PM

i am offended by that pic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:39 PM

@2:09 and 2:13,learn to read carefully and you pinhead idiots will see there was nothing intolerant or close minded about the 2:06 statement.

Even better there was nothing untrue about it either.

These people have no talent, they are queer and refer to themselves as it and they are for the most part fatties and uglies who roll around the stage.
The end is near statement refers to the fact that this drivel was in some insane way trying to be compared to a legend.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:47 PM

"The end is near statement refers to the fact that this drivel was in some insane way trying to be compared to a legend."

I don't agree with you. Damian was, partly being funny, and merely comparing the tameness (aka a Big Freedia show is x rated). Peter Paul and Mary have a very conservative show. It was a joke. Get it? Dumb ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 2:52 PM

"I don't agree with you. Damian was, partly being funny, and merely comparing the tameness (aka a Big Freedia show is x rated). Peter Paul and Mary have a very conservative show. It was a joke. Get it? Dumb ass. "

Oh sorry fuckhead, i did not get the joke. Jokes are usually evidenced by the fact that they are funny. A concept missing in that tweet not to mention the comment sections of this blog. But thanks for dissecting and explaining this you shit fer brains.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 3:06 PM

"These people have no talent, they are queer and refer to themselves as it and they are for the most part fatties and uglies who roll around the stage."

the person who wrote this is a very sad person.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 3:09 PM

^^^^Thank You Dr. Sigmund Idiot, please keep your day job if you actually have one.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 3:13 PM

2:06 obviously doesn't have a clue about what punk rock is really fucking about...I've seen Big Freedia the past few times he's been in NY, and that motherfucker brings the party. He has every person in the room from front to back shakin their ass...Iggy would be proud to see performers still puttin it all out there. I'm sure he'll kill it again on Thursday night, you should all check it out.

Posted by Sean | June 23, 2010 9:44 AM

Big Freedia's performance is the most fun I've ever had at a show in New York. Like most of my favorite performers from New Orleans, she doesn't feel the need to prove herself, just do what she does and let the crowd react how they will (generally going apeshit). Agreed with dude above, Freedia has the epitome of what a punk attitude was and should've always been, and she deserves a better term to sum her up. Not to mention, last time I saw her here at Glasslands, a) I've never seen a crowd go so nuts for the whole duration of a show (and that includes all genres, assholes) and b) I've never seen so many people come up to her after the show and try to have full-on conversations about how that was the best thing they'd ever seen. There's a reason why Sissy Bounce has escaped the underground of New Orleans and 7th ward bars and basements, and I just don't think BV commenters get it. Sad; it's their loss.

PS. Shout out to Treme music coordinators for including Freedia and Katey Redd in the last couple of eps. The way it should be.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2010 4:52 AM

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